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Calling Art

On the wandering career and sweet baritone voice of Art Laboe, the DJ behind the phrase “oldies but goodies.”

Monday, June 29

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“I Thought You Would Help Me”

On immigration detainees in the United Kingdom, and the suffering that lands them in detention.

Saturday, June 27

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Revenge of the Nerds

On Taylor Swift’s passive-aggressive lyrics, the life of the writer, and the pain of middle school.

Excerpted from Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives.

Wednesday, June 24

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Blow Hard

Scott Storch, a producer who earned six figures for beats he made in less than an hour, was worth an estimated $70 million. Then he blew it all in a bizarre cocaine binge.

Tuesday, June 23

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Zane, the Queen of Erotica, Has a Secret

Although she is one of the richest writers in the country, her finances are a mess.

Sunday, June 21

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Long Way Home

Memories of her father and her time in Tennessee.

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Rescuing Wonderful Shivery Tales

Creating – and revising – the Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.

Friday, June 19

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Gone to Ghana

What it’s like to have your novel filmed by Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski.

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Pop Punk Voice

Linguistics and a Blink-182 song.

Tuesday, June 16

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The Kerouac Legacy

The “insane playfulness, deliberate infantilism, nutty haikus, naked stripteases, free-form chants and literary war dances of the beats” and their leader.

Sunday, June 14

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The Cult of Jurassic Park

On the enduring appeal, both amateur and academic, of man vs. dinosaur.

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The New Normal

Scenes of grief, from the sister of comedian Harris Wittels.